Learners are individuals that bring their own needs and history to the learning environment.
A person's individual profile or learner characteristics will determine the way they respond to both formal and informal learning environments.
Although learner characteristics can provide some general information, be careful not to stereotype your learners. Every learner is an individual and "general" learner characteristics should only be used as a guide.
You can find a wealth of information on learner characteristics on the World Wide Web. Have a look in the Access and Equity section of Web links in the Training Room if you would like to research this topic further. There is also some valuable information available in the Recommended Reading section of the bookcase.